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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4A The Odar Rapids Gaiettc; SUB., Sept. 1, H71 Do You Drink and Drive? This paged picture portrays a weekend scene that contributes heavily to alcohol-related fatal traffic accidents in Iowa. Highway roadsides provide the same kind of evidence. Last year in Iowa, 31.8 percent of the state's traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Linn county matched the national average of 50 percent alcohol-related. Lead Builds Up in Body WASHINGTON. D. C. Several thousand years ago, the Romans were the most powerful people in the world. They spread their empire from Italy through the Middle East, northern Africa and Europe. But after several centuries, the men and women who built the empire lost their enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to rule. They found it difficult to reproduce. Without successors, their empire crumbled. One of the greatest eras in the civilization of the world came to an end. Today a number of scien- tists believe that lead pollu- tants had a lot to do with the downfall of the Romans. The Roman rulers ate and drank from vessels that had been made from lead. As a result, traces of lead could have gotten into their foods and wines and could have slowly poisoned their bodies. Traces of lead could have made them feeble-minded, listless. Lead poisoning could have marie it difficult for them 'to reprod- uce. Didn't End Whether lead pollution and lead poisoning partially or ful- ly led to the fall of the Roman Empire is not known for sure. But one thing is sure: lead inillutiim and lead poisoning did not slop with the Roman Empire. Today. Americans arc estimated to have 100 limes more lead in liieir bod- ies than people who lived several thousand years ago. People living in and near ci- ties are usually more exposed to lead pollution than arc peo- ple living in the country. Children are especially prone to lead pollutants. For one thing, they arc closer to the ground, and thus to automo- bile exhaust, a major source of lead pollution. Many chjldren living in older tene- ment houses in cities are tempted to nibble on paint (hat has flaked from the walls. This paint contains large amounts of lead, which are easily absorbed by the body. Air is a major source by which people take in lead pollutants. A third of the lead that gets into people living or working in cities is breathed from the air. But the other two-Lhirds comes from food, beverages, and drinking wa- ter. Scientists estimate that of the lead we cat, 39 percent is in meats, including chicken; 22 percent in vegetables; 17 percent in bakery products; 10 percent in juices; 9 percent in 'dairy products; and 3 percent in other foods. What Lead Dot's What happens when lead gets into our bodies? The tiny traces of lead build up. If they build up enough, they can poi- Belgian Inventor Mokes Bullets Without Casings By Michael S. Barrett LA IIULPE, Belgium As a young boy, Jules Van Langenhoven extracted powder from discarded World war 1 cartridges to fashion his own bullets. Old machinoguns found lying around became his playthings. Guns and bullets have been a part of the Belgian inventor's life since. His invention of a caseless bullet, manufactured by Daisy-Hed- don. the American BB-gun firm, could possibly revolu- tionize the weapons industry because it is and lias no brass shell lo expend. "Nobody learns in a school lo be an Van Lan- genhoven said in an interview. "That's Impossible. You arc a horn Inventor or you arc not an inventor. And that's the difference. "It's in your blood. Research is in your blood. I cannot slop." Van Langenhoven, 04, lives with his wife in a modest house on the main street of this small village, 10 miles southeast of Brussels. When he's In the S. and that is often he lives in Rogers, Ark., 100 miles east of Tulsa, Okla., where has its plant. 'I IK; inventor started work in 195" on a prototype bullet thai could be fired by compressed ;nr and leave no residue in the barrel or chamber "1 found a bullet with a case was a waste of lime and lie said. "I did it for myself. I'vf: been studying
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